Fort Worth Orchestra Debuts At Carnegie Hall

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, will make its first appearance in New York City at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, January 26th, 2008. The program will be highlighted by the world premiere of a new work for cello and orchestra by renowned composer Osvaldo Golijov. The new piece, commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass, features cellist Alban Gerhardt.

The program also includes Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, and Brahms' Double Concerto for Cello and Violin in A Minor, Op. 102, featuring Gerhardt and Indianapolis Violin Competition winner Augustin Hadelich in his Carnegie Hall debut.

"This is the right time for us to show how much we have grown artistically and to share our joy for making music." said Miguel Harth-Bedoya. "Carnegie Hall is not only an excellent hall to perform in, it is one of the Meccas of music making," he continues. "This is a very exciting time for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring something new to the musical community in New York. I have conducted orchestras around the world and I can tell you that our musicians are world-class."

A long-time collaborator of Golijov, whose new cello work they will be premiering, Harth-Bedoya comments, "Osvaldo and I have known each other for 20 years. From the very beginning we have been not only friends but musical collaborators, and I premiered many of his works while we were in school. In the years since I have conducted his music all around the world including his latest opera in Santa Fe and New York. Performing the world premiere of this new piece, written for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, is a true honor."


Recognized as one of the most exciting young conductors on the international scene, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has served as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2000. Under his leadership, both the quality of the orchestra and its role in the community has grown significantly, performing more than 200 concerts each year. In the words of Scott Cantrell, classical music critic for the Dallas Morning News, "The transformation of the FWSO under music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya continues to amaze." Mr. Harth-Bedoya leads the FWSO, which has been entertaining Texas audiences since 1925, in their Carnegie Hall debut, presenting Golijov's new work.

Mr. Harth-Bedoya has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Montreal, St. Louis, Seattle, Toronto, and Utah as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe, he has conducted the London BBC Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Madrid National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra/Hamburg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, among others.

Upcoming and recent performances include subscription concert debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony as well as concerts with the Birmingham Symphony (UK), Sydney Symphony and the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee.

Equally at home in opera, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has appeared with the Minnesota Opera conducting Tosca and the Santa Fe Opera conducting Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar with Dawn Upshaw in the leading role, a production that was also presented at Lincoln Center in 2006. Mr. Harth-Bedoya will return to the Minnesota Opera to conduct Un Ballo in Maschera and other productions during the next three years. Next season, he will make his debut with the Canadian Opera Company directing a production of the Barber of Seville.

As a result of his exceptional tenure as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Harth-Bedoya returns every year to conduct a subscription week with that orchestra. Winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, he has also served as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, Eugene Symphony, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lima.


Gold medalist at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as an eloquent and unique voice among the new generation of violinists. In the words of The Strad magazine, "Thankfully the evening closed with a performance worth waiting for…Hadelich showed his superlative musicianship in a daring performance of Mozart's lesser-known Concerto No. 2, in which he presented cadenzas of striking originality."

In January 2008, he will make his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut, performing the Brahms Double Concerto under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, with cellist Alban Gerhardt and the Fort Worth Symphony. This will be followed by his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut on March 28, 2008 in Stern Auditorium.

Recent performances include appearances with the symphonies of Charlotte, Chautauqua, Columbus (OH), Fort Worth, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisiana, Louisville, Portland (ME), and Santa Barbara, as well as the Iris Chamber Orchestra (TN) and the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra. Outside the U.S., engagements have included the Capetown Philharmonic, Dresdner Philharmonie, Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (Brazil), Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and the chamber orchestras of Bavaria, Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Lucerne, Pforzheim and Toulouse.

The 2007/08 season will also mark Mr. Hadelich's professional recording debut with four CDs: the complete solo violin sonatas of Telemann and the complete violin concerti of Haydn for Naxos; the Tchaikovsky concerto for and with the Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra under Christoph Poppen; and a recital CD with pianist Robert Kulek on the award-winning label AVIE.


Alban Gerhardt's spellbinding performances have made him one of the most sought-after cellists in the world. After his career-launching debut in 1991 with the Berlin Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov, concerts followed with more than 160 orchestras worldwide.

More recent debuts include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl), National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Conductors with whom Mr. Gerhardt has collaborated include James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marek Janowski, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Yakov Kreizberg, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Sakari Oramo, Leonard Slatkin and Michael Tilson Thomas.

With an extensive repertoire of over fifty concerti, Alban Gerhardt seeks to enlarge the cello repertoire by collaborating with composers such as Unsuk Chin, Peteris Vasks, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, Osvaldo Golijov, Mathias Hinke and Matthias Pintscher. Also an active recitalist, Mr. Gerhardt plays regularly with colleagues such as Steven Osborne, Cecile Licad, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, Julia Fischer, Tabea Zimmermann and Emmanuel Pahud. He has appeared at numerous international festivals and in many celebrated venues such as London's Wigmore Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Châtelet in Paris.

Other recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra (with Lisa Batiashvili) under Hans Graf, the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Dimitri Kitaenko, the BBC Symphony under John Adams, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Yutaka Sado, KBS Seoul under Claus Peter Flor, and the Toronto Symphony under Peter Oundjian.

Also an active recording artist, Alban Gerhardt received the Midem Classic Award in 2006 for his Hyperion debut CD with concertos by Enescu, Dohnányi and d'Albert. Entering a long-term relationship with Hyperion, a second disc was released of works by Schnittke and Shostakovich with pianist Steven Osborne. In 2003, Mr. Gerhardt received the ECHO Classics Prize for his MDG Gold recording of Rubinstein's First Cello Concerto and in 1998,hereceived the ECHO Classics Prize for his Harmonia Mundi CD of Brahms sonatas with pianist Markus Groh. Other recordings on EMI, Chandos, BBC Music Magazine, and Oehms Classics featuring concertos by Dvorak, Barber, Berkeley, Brahms, Bridge, Jacobi and Rubinstein, as well as several recitals, are also available. Recently released was the second volume of Romantic Cello Concertos including works by Schumann, Gernsheim, Dietrich and Volkmann with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu.


In 2000, the premiere of Golijov's St. Mark Passion took the music world by storm. Commissioned by Helmuth Rilling for the European Music Festival, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach's death, the piece featured the Schola Cantorum of Caracas, with the Orquesta La Pasión. The CD of the premiere of this work, on the Haenssler Classic label, received Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations in 2002. For the premiere of Ayre, Golijov founded another virtuoso ensemble: The Andalucian Dogs. Together with Dawn Upshaw, they premiered the piece at Zankel Hall and recorded it on a Grammy-nominated CD for Deutsche Grammophon in 2005. In 2006 Deutsche Grammophon released the recording of Ainadamar and the record earned two Grammy awards: for best opera recording, and best contemporary composition.

Golijov has received numerous commissions from major ensembles and institutions in the U.S. and Europe. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and several other awards. Golijov has been composer-in-residence at the Spoleto USA Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Music Alive series, Marlboro Music, Ravinia, Ojai, and several other festivals. He has recently been named composer-in-residence for the 2007 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and is co-composer-in-residence, together with Marc-Anthony Turnage, at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the next two seasons. This season he is working with the Silk Road Project and with Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall in two workshops. Golijov is an Associate Professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he has taught since 1991, and is also on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory.

Recently completed projects include Azul, a cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony, and the composition of the soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's upcoming film Youth Without Youth. He is currently at work on Rose of the Winds, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and to be premiered by them with the Silk Road Ensemble and Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting. --

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